SYSTEMATICS OF BEETLES IMPORTANT TO AGRICULTURE, LANDSCAPE PLANTS, AND BIOLOGICAL CONTROL
Location: Systematic Entomology
Title: Review of the continental Oriental species of Lilioceris Reitter (Chrysomelidae: Criocerinae) closely related to Lilioceris impressa (F.)
Submitted to: ZooKeys
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: April 20, 2011
Publication Date: July 10, 2010
Citation: Tishechkin, A., Konstantinov, A.S., Bista, S., Pemberton, R.W., Center, T.D. 2010. Review of the continental Oriental species of Lilioceris Reitter (Chrysomelidae: Criocerinae) closely related to Lilioceris impressa (F.). ZooKeys. 103:63-83.
Interpretive Summary: Leaf beetles are among the most important insects for U.S. agriculture. Many are serious pests, feeding on crops and destroying valuable plants; others are important biological control agents that can be used to control unwanted weeds. This work diagnoses 9 species of leaf beetles, one of which is a potential biological control agent of air potato (an invasive weed of Asian origin), and provides characters, illustrations, and a key for their identification. This study will be useful to biological control workers, taxonomists, ecologists, and anyone interested in phytophagous beetles.
Criocerine leaf beetles found in Nepal feeding on Dioscorea bulbifera (L.), an exotic, invasive weed of Asian origin, were identified as Lilioceris cheni Gressitt & Kimoto based on a synopsis of the Oriental Lilioceris species and review of the Lilioceris impressa species group. All the species included in the group are diagnosed and illustrated, a key for their identification is provided. Species status of Lilioceris thibetana Pic, 1916 is resurrected. The following new synonyms are proposed: L. coomani (Pic, 1928) = L. egena (Weise, 1922), L. subcostata (Pic, 1921), L. laticornis (Gressit, 1942), L. inflaticornis Gressit & Kimoto, 1961, and L. maai Gressit & Kimoto, 1961 = impressa Fabricius, 1787.